ATTENTION Look for my essay on the illness that occurred from my use of Cannabis. It will be extensive but I won’t be able to write until I am feeling better. I wrote a statement on the top of my blog under the title ‘the secret keeper’ – thanks, j.k 5.25.18
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Post Created by Jennifer Kiley
Created on Sunday 20th April 2014 [420 – 4/20]
Posted on Sunday 4/20 420 20th April [4/2014]
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I LOVE WEED
The International Herb – Culture
I LOVE CANNABIS
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I LOVE MARIJUANA
I LOVE MEDICAL MARIJUANA
I LOVE MMJ
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On With the Thought for Discussion
14th May 2016 I got some bad news: not only did I lose my therapist at the end of 2015, but now I am losing my doctor. The doctor who was great enough to prescribe Medical Marijuana for me. I have been recently vaping it and it makes the MJ work even better. My Doc tried to find another doctor to continue my prescription for Medical Marijuana. She did find me another doctor to take care of my extensive medical needs, but my new physician feels there should be more research before she would prescribe Med MJ for a patient. I have tried several other doctors who I felt might be receptive. No luck. I started just freaking out at the thought of losing my Med Pot License. And obsessing and driving my partner crazy. I have finally settled down. When I meet my new doctor in June, I will spend the time showing her, through my medical conditions, why she needs to continue the course my present doctor & I worked to put together. A course that helps me keep my health in the best order possible. What we created works. So why would anyone want to mess with something that literally saved my life? Before the medical marijuana, I was close to the edge and fading away. Couldn’t eat. Couldn’t sleep. My bipolar kept me awake for days. I was nauseous. I was in extreme pain. I panicked all the time at the thought of going out just to see my shrink, let alone to doctors’ offices or the hospital. I was recovering from Cancer treatments. Chemo nearly killed me and radiation destroyed my blood production capabilities. I was a mess and food made me ill. I was dropping 10 pounds a week. As I said, I was fading away. Sleeping was too difficult. My doctor, my partner, and my psychotherapist all contributed to putting me on Medical Marijuana. They all felt it was the best and only idea that would work, if anything would. With the help of my present doctor, I applied for my license. Within 30 days I had it. Before I had my partner drive me 3 1/2 hours to pick it up, [they deliver now], I needed to have three surgeries in a row. Eyes, breasts, and hernia (caused by stitches from my Cancer surgery that should have healed, pulling and tearing my insides). I was in pain all over. Good news, I could see distances excellently after the eye surgery. The rest was just plain pain from lengths and lengths of stitches needing to heal. Once we had the Medical Marijuana in our home, I opened one of the packs and broke some into a small pipe and lit it up. I coughed on the first inhale and remembered what they said at the Dispensary: Go easy. Take one hit and wait. If it doesn’t work after 5 minutes then maybe try another hit. Well, when the pot hit me, I was so relaxed, I felt like the good girl from the Exorcist before the Demon possessed her. I was floating. I was stoned. IT CERTAINLY FELT OKAY TO BE STONED. The pain had vanished. My partner, she kept asking me if I was hungry yet. Since I had forgotten what hunger felt like, I couldn’t answer her. Eventually, she told me she was going to make my once favorite comfort food and placed it in front of me. It took a while but then my parrot Saki and I inhaled the food. It was exceptional. I hadn’t tasted anything so good in such a long time. And Cannabis did that for me.
I still feel the pain and the nausea. I wake up with it along with panic attacks when I know I have to go out, or just panic attacks b/c I cannot breath.[That’s part of a new physical/medical problem I just recently discovered, like two days ago – it has to do with my heart and lungs]. My bipolar still acts up. I get manic and depressed. And I do feel ill. But I have Medical Marijuana now. It wipes out the pain and nausea. The panic vanishes. The bipolar is more complicated but the marijuana has improved the way I relate with it. My behavior has come under better control. When it comes to creativity, Med Pot helps to open the avenue to my muse, my inspiration. I am able to write poetry and fiction, and work on my novel(s), essays, work on my blog and do my painting. I feel more able to relate to my animals, not that I couldn’t before but it feels much more open. I love animals but I worked in an animal shelter 14 years, which can take the heart out of being close to animals. It never stopped me, but the place was definitely traumatizing. I am just beginning to snap out of that nightmare.
Pot frees my mind. I am able to drive. Not under the influence, of course. I am often afraid of having an accident. Over the years, I have been in a great many accidents, though not while I was driving, and I lost someone I loved very deeply. I stopped driving shortly after her death. The trauma took a while to hit me when I was driving. When it did, I feared driving and avoided it. But Med Pot has helped me feel more relaxed which helps me feel less afraid to drive. Marijuana has a way of relaxing me which makes me able to do things, like going out in our yard, which I am not usually able to do. Presently, I am designing an English Garden. Physically, I am not capable of working on the garden, but I will design and direct. Slowly it is being created according to my design. I couldn’t do any of these things before I started using Medical Marijuana.
I would think if a new doctor understood my story they would understand my position, at least on an individual basis, and help me renew my license. After all, in my state, the doctor would just have to sign a statement saying I do have the medical conditions I say that I have. I would do the rest of the paperwork, send it to the state and they decide whether to approve or not. If approved they send a new license with a new expiration date.
I feel I deserve to have a Medical Marijuana License that NEVER EXPIRES. I am never going to stop having pain. If I just get up, I feel like a knife is jabbed into my back and being twisted. My nausea and panic attacks and anxiety and PTSD are never going to go away. My bipolar is genetic. All the other things I need treatment for are Chronic and Severe and some not treatable except by extreme methods where the side effects outweigh the potential benefits. And the Med Pot just gives me comfort and relief from the pain that comes on all the time. Do you think a new doctor will understand if I show them my blog?
I would say Medical Marijuana has had good results for me. It makes me feel more comfortable. I am able to do more in my life. I will always have the pain, so it is a relief to have something that makes it stop for a while and I know I can renew the dose when the pain returns. I have been so use to pain, no matter how bad, my partner has to remind me to smoke, well now I Vape, it is better for the lungs and all the animals and my partner. But she has to remind me it is okay to vape some pot, asking me, “Why do you torture yourself?” My response,” I forget I have it.” I do get preoccupied and if I don’t move I can try to forget the pain. But then if I move, I feel like knives are being held by small creatures inside me, stabbing me from all angles. The heating pad and several vape inhales release me gradually into a relaxed state and in a short time the pain disappears, vanishes as though it never was there. I know it was, of course, but I am thankful it has left me for a little while.
One last issue, is dealing with memories, more like flashbacks. My childhood was a nightmare which haunts me while asleep and creeps into my world while I just try to live. Medical Marijuana is not designated for use when the brain misfires, but it helps. Some people forget the brain is part of the whole body and should be treated as such medically. But that is a different issue. I need relief from the pain and nausea most of all. They disturb my ability to eat and function. I have a problem walking, and am being tested for the cause. I got some results this past week. Something is wrong with my spine beyond what I already knew. This is as far as I can take it. To me, if I were recommending treatment for myself, I would give clearance for me to continue receiving a non-ending renewal on my Medical Marijuana License. What else can I say? – kiley ❤
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I STOPPED SMOKING POT – THE RESULTS & MORE
It is far more intense & organic, so much more improved from what I smoked pre-college, during college, and after college. I was self-medicating without self-awareness that it was what I was doing. Everything was fine. Then I stopped smoking Weed. WHY? Haven’t a real clue on that one.
I then started being given prescriptions for any new anti-depressant which would cost a fortune. So for over a decade I consumed anti-depressants without mood stabilizers. Mood Stabilizers are a must with Anti-Depressants or they can set off Bipolar Moods such as Depression or Mania, which eventually lead you to crashing from your manic high and falling into the pit of Hell with the Darkest Depression and the Heightened Mood of Feeling Suicidal.] It was bad enough the anti-depressants caused me to be depressed but I was feeling suicidal almost constantly.
They also forgot to tell me I had this brain misfiring problem called Bipolar, probably since I was a young kid. All the Bipolar evidence presented itself when I was a young child. I can see them all written in gold now. I was given my mental health chart by my psychotherapist. I asked her if I could see it. [I didn’t know I could see my MH Chart any time]. The woman I am seeing now. We discovered together what my shrinks had been trying to hide from me all those many years of feeling suicidal & almost succeeding on several occasions.
The day I received the truth was on 4/20 three years ago exactly TODAY 4/20/14. And I started smoking MMJ on the 20th of December 2013. That would be 32 months from the day I discovered my diagnosis until I was able to light up my first bowl of Pure Sativa Afghan Kush Medical Marijuana LEGALLY. Prior to that evening, to LEGALLY PURCHASE Medical Marijuana that same day but in the later afternoon.
That evening was the first time I felt good in forever. Before I inhaled the MMJ, I felt awful. I had four surgeries in less than a year in 2013. I was sick to my stomach. I was in pain. I hadn’t been able to eat in a very long time. I had no appetite. Would forget to eat. I just didn’t think of food. The thought of food made me sick to my stomach. I couldn’t sleep. I was losing weight way too fast. I felt like I was dying & I do not exaggerate when I make that statement. “Miracle” Marijuana/Weed has saved my life.
I still have set backs & forget to smoke before I go to the kitchen. Entering our kitchen makes me feel extremely nauseous anytime I enter it unless I have smoked some MMJ. It is amazing what MMJ is doing for me. If you can’t smoke it, there are many ways to ingest the MMJ. Just ask your Doctor or contact you state government offices. Find out whether your location has access to Medical Marijuana that is LEGALLY okay to possess and smoke. Be sure to find out how much MMJ you are allowed to have in your possession at any given time & where you are permitted to smoke it. Right now the laws are pretty strict.
Hopefully, the laws will loosen up once Marijuana is closer to being completely LEGALIZED!!! —Jkm 2014 on 420 4/20
FREE THE LEAF – LEGALIZE MARIJUANA NOW!!!
CANNABIS WAS GIVEN TO US FREE IN NATURE TO HELP US HEAL!!!
CHARTING BEST STRAINS OF CANNABIS/MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR TREATMENTS http://medicalmarijuana.com/ Best Site I Have Found So Far that Is Extremely Extensive On Treatment Use of Cannabis/Medical Marijuana.
IBS: Recommend Trainwreck & Blueberry to calm the symptoms and spasms. DO NOT ALTER DIET QUICKLY [these are available in my MED CABINET]
NAUSEA: Sativa &/or Indica. Just a pinch. Smoke it.
APPETITE: should have a positive effect.
ANOREXIA: Sativa &/or Indica. The nausea has to be treated & the appetite needs to be stimulated.
BIPOLAR DISORDER: Medical Marijuana (Cannabinoids) Relieve Bipolar Symptoms
Try Medical Marijuana for symptom relief
Appetite Stimulant (Sativa’s)
Mood Elevators (Sativa’s)
Sleep Disturbances (Indica’s)
Medical Marijuana Conditions Treatments
ADD / ADHD
AIDS / HIV
ALS / Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Cachexia / Wasting Syndrome
Phantom Limb Pain
PMS / PMDD
Spinal Cord Injuries
Go to LINK: https://www.allbud.com/learn/ailments/other
First Steps Toward Healing Using Medical Marijuana
24th December 2013
On 20th December 2013, I began a new journey, something I have been seeking for years. Being able to use Medical Marijuana/Cannabis to treat my physical ailments. My first hit/toke/inhaling of medical marijuana happened in the evening of the date above. It was the Friday and the week following Friday the 13th. A lucky day for me. It was a long journey to get to this day and a long trip to drive to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary in our state. My partner did the driving and has been encouraging all through my wanting to use Medical Marijuana.
The process of my applying for the legal use and possession of Medical Marijuana. She did all the paperwork. I type on my laptop or Tablet but writing is difficult with my right hand. Pressure on a nerve in the vertebrae of my neck is causing my whole right side to be effected. It starts at my neck, goes over my shoulder, down my arm, in through my wrist and causes a great deal of pain when I use my right hand for any activity. When I type, my hand is pretty stationary, so I only feel it after I am through for the day.
On Friday, in the early evening, I began my new journey of learning how to use the medicinal qualities of Medical Marijuana. First test was to figure out what would be the best strain of MM for nausea. I felt it while I was at the dispensary and part of the way on the drive back. Once I settled in, I went over our choices of strain. Quite a fun collection of names for each one. We bought 3 types of strains for Sativa and three types for Indica. So there were 6 strains we need work on figuring out which does the best job for what problem.
Very first choice to smoke was Double Blueberry, an Indica strain. It’s an MM for the evening and for sleep. I took a pinch out of the package of DB and tucked it into a modified pipe. We were waiting for a certifiable small smoking pipe to arrive in the post. We are going to order more pipes. It may sound strange, but it makes sense to me, if you are smoking different strains, you are going to want to leave the unsmoked MM in the pipe. My first hit of DB was a misfire. I forgot how to get the smoke started.
It was only a short temporary lapse. Next attempt, success, there was fire and smoke and an inhale I held in as long as possible until I started to cough. It always use to start me coughing until I got use to smoking. I only needed one hit. In fact, at the dispensary, my guide into the use of Medical Marijuana, one thing she emphasized, take only one hit. It takes a short time to take effect but if you don’t wait for it, you will really get in trouble. You will get too high. I haven’t made that mistake. Almost did. Thought, this isn’t working on one hit. I was smart, listened and waited. Those who wait are often rewarded with more pleasure. That’s the way it is. That’s the way it was.
This first smoked hit of DB Medical Marijuana strain was more than enough of a relaxing med. I felt no pain. I couldn’t sense an appetite, even though I should have been hungry. My partner finally got me to accept she was going to make me a Turkey Cheeseburger with Lettuce and Tomatoe, Mayo and ketchup on the lightly toasted 12 grain bread, no crust. The food was presented with a side order of French Fries and Pickles. I bit into the Cheeseburger. My Parrot, Saki, started digging into it, also.
Suddenly, my body was overcome with attack the Cheeseburger. I could not tell you I was hungry, but my body was acting naturally to the hidden desire to eat. A success. The very first inhale gave be my desire back for a delicious Turkey Cheeseburger with the works. It was the messiest consumption of food. Like a scene from Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, the film starring Albert Finney. A book and film from long ago, I was still a child.
This was the first thing I had eaten or tried to eat that didn’t make me feel nauseous before, during or after. When it comes to nutrition, one cannot have the luxury of choosing from a particular food group. One needs to eat what one needs to eat, it’s a matter of survival.
During the day, I have worked it out slowly. I smoke something that will alleviate pain, give me an appetite, stop nausea, and give me energy and the ability to focus. The choice would come from the Sativa side of the strains. The three I had help choosing are Afghan Kush, Train Wreck [haven’t tried this one yet], Critical Jack [nicknamed Crack].
The evening and night time going to bed and sleep strains go under the heading of Indica. I choose with guidance, Double Blueberry [gave me my first night of sleep on MM and I slept soundly. even fell sleep before 11pm], Blueberry [mellow and sleep well but not as long a sleep as I had with the DB], Sensi Star [this calms me but it doesn’t keep me asleep. my mind feels edgy and not in deep enough sleep].
The new Medical Marijuana is a success as far as what it needs to do to help me get healthy again. It will be a slow process but I take a hit. It lasts for a long time. I feel able to write, paint, read, or do anything I want. I haven’t driven anywhere since Friday so I haven’t had to worry about the effects of MM regarding it. When I have my appts on Thursday and Friday. I will have to forgo using the MM until I get back from them.
One is my chiropractor. He will be good to talk to while he organizes my body to feel better. He will understand the physical effects of the MM. The day before I see my therapist, which will be good. I can talk to her about how I have been reacting to this new state my body is feeling and how great it is effecting my mind, my thinking. The clarity in my mind is excellent. My creative work is excelling. I am biased but I feel comfortable with the heightened senses. In my situation, it is the reawakening of the my senses that have been dormant, almost dead, for so long. It is a joy and exciting to feel my body again.
I could sense what I should feel but it was difficult to touch my feelings or express them as I was feeling them. Too much fear possesses me and excitement. The most difficult emotions for me to express with anyone else. With the Medical Marijuana, my senses have been open. I feel more connected to everything about me.
I am looking forward, as I progress into the treatment of the use of Medical Marijuana. Many people need to know how this treatment improves how one feels. Every sensation feels like my life has been renewed. It feels better sometimes, more time than it does not. My partner is helping me judge what works.
I would unequivocally rate Medical Marijuana with 5***** Stars out of 5***** for its undeniable medicinal benefits. And look forward to its continued help to treat what needs treatment.
I have to figure out the right strain for my manic phase when I get into a talking jag. Studying my behavior and my partner giving me feedback, I find I do talk a bit just after the beginning effects of the MM kick in but I settle down and feel mellow and comfortable. I feel I have better control of expressing my ideas. I don’t feel out of control or I am talking nonsense. Just the opposite, I feel like my mind has been opened and I can think more freely. But I could get lost in my writing and think rapidly before the MM. With the MM I feel more like I have more control. That is a good sign.
I have not been depressed for awhile now. Tired but not depressed in any overt way of which I am aware. We will have to see if a depression comes on what happens. I do have the MM to treat depression as well mania. I must say I feel much more leveled out. It is just the beginning so I don’t want to prematurely conclude anything yet. But I want to say, I feel different, in a good way. I am very happy and excited to be able to have the alternative treatments for all the physical problems. I feel assured they are helping me.
Time for an appetite to be awakened.
I will add, I am not, nor have I a need to feel high. It is fun and a wonderfully pleasant feeling but once the initial effect settles in, I eventually level off into a good. calm state of mind. I feel comfortable. I do have to be sure to continually monitor when I am in need of a treatment. I, then, determine what it is I am feeling. If it is lack of appetite, or nausea or pain, then I chose the strain that most will work on remedying what I am experiencing.
I will need Medical Marijuana for the rest of my life. What I am physically, emotionally and psychologically experiencing needs constant monitoring and a medicinal treatment that is going to make me feel healthy even though the Medical Marijuana is what is making me feel that way. It is compared to needing food and water the rest of my life. I will need my medicine, which is now Medical Marijuana. The remaining medications I take, I hope to be able to eliminate quite a few of them. Someday maybe I will. Who knows how healthy the Medical Marijuana will make me feel.
I’ve only been taking it for 4 day and I already feel a touch better. The level of pain, nausea and anxiety, plus a few other things have gone down when I take one hit of Medical Marijuana. SO I WOULD SAY I AM EXTREMELY OPTIMISTIC. IT WORKS.
I AM POSTING A CONFIRMATION ABOUT THE NEED FOR SLEEP AND THE AID MEDICAL MARIJUANA GIVES TO MIRACULOUSLY HELP WITH INSOMNIA.
5 Ways Marijuana Affects Your Sleep
Health — 25 Nov, 2013
It’s common for people to use marijuana before bed time, whether out of habit or necessity. And decades of research on marijuana and sleep may help explain why.
Besides easing insomnia, marijuana seems to have a wide range of effects on sleep.
This is because chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, actually mimic the activity of chemicals found naturally in the brain.
These chemicals and their biological pathways make up the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating sleep, among other things.
Likewise, research shows that marijuana can also have a direct impact on sleep. Here’s 5 of the most important effects that studies have identified so far.
1. Easier Falling Asleep
Some of the earliest research on marijuana and sleep shows that marijuana’s main ingredient, THC, can significantly reduce the time it takes for both insomniacs and healthy people to fall asleep.
In a small study published in 1973, THC reduced the time it took for 9 subjects with insomnia to fall asleep by over an hour on average. However, the researchers noted that too high of a dose could counteract the effect.
THC was also found to ease falling asleep in a 2013 study involving healthy subjects.
2. Longer Sleep
Early studies also revealed that taking either THC or CBD before bed could lead to an increase in overall sleep. In one study, increasing the dose of THC also increased the amount of time spent sleeping.
However, higher doses of THC also caused a “hang over” feeling in some subjects when they woke up, while the feeling was not present at lower doses.
3. More Deep Sleep
Some of the more interesting effects of marijuana on sleep involve its impact on the sleep cycle. Studies show that THC can increase the amount of slow-wave sleep, also known as deep sleep, that an user experiences during their slumber.
This is likely a good thing, since deep sleep is believed to play a major role in the restoration process that occurs during sleep.
What’s more, experts believe that the most damaging effects of sleep deprivation result from a lack of slow-wave sleep. For example, research has shown that reduced slow-wave sleep can be a strong predictor of high blood pressure in older men.
4. Shorter REM Sleep
Another way marijuana affects the sleep cycle is a reduction in REM sleep. Many people who smoke before bed report a lack of dreaming, which only occurs during REM sleep.
While less REM sleep could be seen as a negative effect of marijuana use, scientists are still not sure what purpose REM sleep actually serves.
However, people who quit after using marijuana on a frequent basis often experience an increase in REM sleep, also known as the “REM rebound” effect, which is accompanied by an increase in dreaming and restlessness during sleep. But this effect tends to wear off within days or weeks, depending on the individual.
5. Better Breathing
When it comes to medical use, marijuana could offer an incredible benefit to the approximately 25% of men and 9% of women who suffer from a disorder called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is characterized by disrupted breathing during sleep, and has been linked to a number of serious conditions, including diabetes and heart problems. Unfortunately, the vast majority of sleep apnea sufferers remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Even of those who seek treatment, many eventually give up on wearing a CPAP mask every night.
But that’s where marijuana may help, as researchers are currently trialing THC as an alternative, with early results already showing promise. If clinical trials are successful, sleep apnea patients may one day have the option of swapping a bulky sleep mask for popping a few pills before bed.
18th December 2013
It really sucks the way the government works in most countries. I am fortunate enough to live in a state which is working on legalizing marijuana and has relatively coherent medical marijuana reasons to receive a license to possess, buy, grow medical marijuana. You have to meet certain standards of illness. My doctor and my therapist both believed enough in me to listen to my case of wanting to use alternative medications to treat all or some of my medical illnesses. I feel the brain is a major part of one’s medical illnesses. So does my doctor and therapist. But my state doesn’t treat for bipolar. Not at this time. However, my state only 6 months ago started to open medical marijuana dispensaries. Three are up and running and a fourth is in the process of hopefully being approved. I voted for our present governor b/c he campaigned on the promise he would legalize marijuana in our state. The lost recent statement he has made that I am aware of is not in this session 2013 but in the next 2014.
Fortunately, for me, I have physical problems that fall under the specifications of meeting the requirements of MM. My doctor gave me the filled out papers on her part toward applying for a Medical Marijuana License. She gave me the paperwork a day before I was to go in for surgery due to a screw-up in my cancer surgery in 2007. My cancer surgery caused several severe problems which may have been the cause of several of my health problems. But don’t worry I have plenty more left after the surgery. So after I came out of my delirium of 5 days after the surgery and a high fever. I started to think about the paperwork I needed to fill out. I needed help. My ability to concentrate and to use my hands for writing are both really screwed-up. My partner did all the writing. I fed her all the information. She completed the forms and the next morning she went to the post office and mailed them off to the government agency handling Medical Marijuana Registry.
I wasn’t too sure I would qualify. The doubts crept into my mind. Trying to be hopeful. Imagining, finally, I will be able to treat myself with medication that won’t screw my body up more but would actually give me relief. Maybe I would finally be able to sleep soundly without nightmares or just lying there without anything happening except the racing of my mind with ideas and thoughts I couldn’t shut off. Those nights I am lucky to get even 2 hours of sleep. I have had insomnia since I was a little kid, maybe even a baby. I’ve never known how to sleep. The only time I ever felt like I had any sleep was when I would smoke marijuana. I didn’t comprehend that was called self-medicating.
I understand now I was doing that for years. When I felt anxious, I would smoke. If I knew I was going to be around people I would smoke. Remember I am talking about smoking weed, pot, mj, grass, yes, marijuana. It helped me calm down, mask my symptoms, made me feel normal or what i felt was normal. I could actually spend time with people and talk to them in person. We could have dinner parties. We had meetings at our home. I was creative in many ways.
I lost that for a long time after I stopped smoking. I kept writing for a while and doing art but I gave up playing instruments, composing music and writing lyrics. Now I am a recluse with agoraphobia. I am in physical pain. I am bipolar with manic and depressive episodes. I stopped taking my psych meds. In fact, I started taking them just after I stopped smoking, drinking and inhaling marijuana smoke. For some reason I was under the misperception that psych meds as well as medical meds were going to be better for me. I was so very wrong. The medical meds are not that effective against my physical ailments. I am in pain constantly unless I stop moving altogether. The moment I move, that is when I realize the level of pain living inside my body. It hits above a level 10 fairly frequently.
My psych meds never did diminish my feelings of depression or prevented me from feeling suicidal on a regular basis. I gained weight on a regular basis but ate very little and was extremely active in my job and in my personal life. I walked over an hour most of the 7 days of the week. My weight gain never made any sense. Then I began to have mini-seizures. No one could figure out why. Took me off Trazadone and they stopped. Tried other meds. Many meds later, I kept on getting dizzy. Losing my balance. Earlier in my treatment I was given a med to calm my racing mind which occurred when I tried to sleep. It may have occurred while I was awake too but I never would have noticed. I just liked to talk a lot and when I was stoned, I was more aware of it. I was probably smoking the kind of weed that wakes you up rather than mellows you. But no diagnosis was given to me of why.
Later on I started to pass out. No one knew why. Are you seeing the trend? I saw a commercial about the med I was on for depression. It advertised it could cause dizziness and fainting. I immediately stopped cold turkey taking my Cymbalta. Within a day, I stopped fainting. They were going to put me on another med. I have a memory loss problem which I am sure occurred during the time I was taking such a long list and a mega-variety of psych meds that were fucking with my mind. I use to have an eclectic memory. I am not so sure that memory exists any longer from all the damage done to my mind from the pharma/psych meds.
Then came a major discovery. I discovered I had a diagnosis that had been kept from me for years. Too many years to know exactly when it was written in my charts. I asked my therapist if I could see my mental health records. She had them for me in our next session. Guess what we both discovered. There in black and white, the words “BIPOLAR DISORDER.” Funny thing about that. As the news filtered in on this diagnosis, I was informed by my therapist, that my former therapists & my present at the time psychiatrist [I have since fired her], told her I wasn’t to have known about my Bipolar diagnosis. They thought I might become obsessed with trying to read too much about what it was and is. Now, tell me, is that insane or am I insane? I think not. I am as sane as I can be. I don’t know about the rest of them.
Excluding my present Doctor and Therapist, and my former PCP [Primary Care Provider] who wanted to get me on Medical Marijuana as soon as it would become available and believed me when I told her I am Bipolar. If she hadn’t changed to OB-GYN, which is where I still see her, then she would have been the one okaying my prescription. But she turned me over to a fantastic new doctor for me, who sees me once a month, and listens & believes what I tell her. She trusts me. Before I started seeing her and I fired my psychiatrist, I did one more round with psych meds, one of which was Wellbutrin. It was making me extremely depressed and suicidal. I asked her to prescribe a mood stabilizer, that with Bipolar, you are harming the patient if only on an SSRI. Which for years, that is all I was prescribed. So for years, not only was I not given my correct diagnosis, they had me believe I had DID or MPD, if you will, Multiple Personality Disorder. That was with me for over 21 years. One therapist had me name my alters. Another kept asking me who is out. My answer was always, I have no idea. What they were forcing on me were personalities, which I know and realize now were essentially moods my Bipolar would go into. Manic, Angry, Depressed, Suicidal, Withdrawn, Euphoric. Each had their names.
Well, I finally told my psychiatrist I was through with the psych meds. I didn’t want to take them any longer. They were doing nothing but making me suicidal and causing me to gain weight. Also, I was tired of the lies. I fired her under the auspices of I wasn’t taking any of her psych meds so she could better use the time for someone who was in need of her time. The real reason was I was tired of arguing with her about what was going on inside my head. She wouldn’t admit I was Bipolar. She lived the lie. I think she feared I could have sued for years of malpractice. Treating me with the wrong meds which made me more suicidal. Being part of a conspiracy to keep me from the truth. A cover-up that was admitted to my present therapist. They even asked her to remove any mention of my Bipolar from any entries she made in my mental health chart.
A bit of a rant and setting my record correctly.
Now for the main reason I am updating my Bipolar page. I received on Monday, the 16th of December, a letter from the Marijuana Registry of my state, enclosed within the envelop was my license to legally buy and/or grow Medical Marijuana. I have made arrangements to obtain my first purchase of Medical Marijuana. I cannot believe I am actually saying this, but I can actually buy Marijuana/Cannabis legally. Key word here is LEGALLY. I CAN LEGALLY BUY OR GROWN MARIJUANA. I CAN SMOKE IT OR EAT IT IN THE COMFORT OF MY OWN HOME. There are, of course, restrictions. I cannot smoke in public. I need to carry it in a locked box whenever I transport it. I cannot drive when I am under the influence. A few that DNA to me. There are a few more. But as my partner said, this could all be mute if the US Government makes Marijuana legal in all states and commonwealths of the USA. My state is bringing legalization before the legislature in 2014 to legalize Marijuana/Cannabis.
I have not consumed Marijuana in a smoked &/or natural form since 1990, February. I did use a chemically made THC in the form of Marinol while I was undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy in 2007. But then I could not keep jello or ginger ale down. I still have those symptoms left over today. Nausea and the list is endless. It is why I qualify.
Many others who should qualify but don’t, it really is fucked up and totally sucks. I should have been able to have this license ages ago. If I knew then what I know now, I could have been feeling a lot better than I have been feeling for years.
Oh, I forgot to tell you about the weight gain. Since I stopped taking the psych meds that were slowly poisoning me, I have lost over 135 pounds. I have a set goal I would like to reach. In order to do that I want to lose a certain number of pounds more. But I don’t want to do it b/c I can’t eat. I have no appetite. I forget to eat. I have no desire for food. It is like I felt when I was doing chemo. Food makes my body feel sick. It causes me pain. My partner watched me make a sandwich in the early afternoon, even though preparing food makes me feel violently ill, I push myself to do it anyway. Well, I took the sandwich with me to the living room. I had wrapped it in plastic wrap. I placed it next to me. Later on, after she had finished work for the day. I started actually thinking about what I might ask her to make for dinner. Before I could say anything, she asked me if I had eaten yet today. I thought for a moment and told her I had forgotten. I saw my sandwich and I realized I hadn’t eaten it. It totally slipped my mind. And I didn’t even feel hungry or that I missed it.
It is the way I feel most of the time. Totally absentminded about food. I have no desire to eat. In fact, I was going to have a snack. I see it is still on a plate right next to me. A tangerine, small, some butter crackers and some cream cheese. Not even a reach for it. All but forgotten. The Medical Marijuana is suppose to help me with this, also.
I have had 4 surgeries in the past 14 mos. The most recent was less than a month ago. That one was suppose to help with what might have been causing the lack of an appetite. Not much has changed. I still get nauseous. Someone told me a few days ago, that it takes a year to recover from having surgery. So four surgeries should take a little bit longer.
I am excited about my license. Having a photograph taken for my MM license wasn’t so bad. My partner is a great photographer and artist in many fields, especially, in writing. But she is an expansive artist. I must have had a feeling about needing a photo ID this year b/c for my birthday I had, for the first time, had a photo ID made of my Driver’s License. I think all the weight loss made a difference. I was always skinny. Way too skinny sometimes but then I use to dance all night, every night and either sleep some during the day or grab a nap and work the rest of the day. Dancing was great for my body. But I screwed that up when I managed to be in multiple car crashes. Three serious ones within a twelve month time period. Broken bones, hospital stays, broken necks, and losing someone I loved, to death.
My life has been a mad one. Sanity does not run in my family. I am the sanest member. And I have Bipolar. It could be I or II or Unspecified. I have rapid cycling, mixed states. I drive my partner mad when I get into a manic state. Fortunately for me I haven’t been feeling suicidal, knock on wood. But then my life has been going through some radical changes and who has time to slow down. I need to be manic at the moment. It’s the only energy I can find. I do need sleep. Soon, I will have the starting of a new course, with Medical Marijuana, I am encouraged, so is my partner, that we will all get a little relaxation from my new course of meds. There are a few in my present regiment that I will slowly be able to wean from my body needing them. It is expensive but it will be worth the hoped for changes that will occur. I feel there will be many good changes. I will have many people who will be helping me readjust and figure out what I need. And I will do my best to make it work the way I feel in my head and heart that it will succeed. Many are on my side wishing and praying I will feel better from my new medication of Medical Marijuana. There are still a few people I need to write to this week to let them know my news. I am taking it slow. Don’t want to get ahead of myself and too manic over the changes before they happen.
This is good news. Not just for me. If I can get a new feeling in my life, it is possible the world is changing. For many yesterdays ago, I never would have dreamt this would all be possible for me.
My partner bought me a new golden pipe to use for my new Medical Marijuana. She felt it will fit comfortably in my hand. I have pain in my hands so this is a very important gesture coming from her. She is delighted by all the prospects ahead. Especially, when I get into a manic state, she knows now I may have something that will give her peace as well as my receiving it, also.
Let us see what will come. I will write more on this as I feel I have something to share.
MEDITATION & MEDICINAL MARIJUANA
On controlling mood states
Feelings of Relaxation
All of these I need to rediscover for myself. When I was in a weakened state caused by chemo & radiation [5 yr ago], I was given a prescription for Marinol. It is chemically produced THC, a derivative of the cannabis/marijuana plant. Taking it, made it possible for me to develop an appetite & to be able to relax enough to feel comfortable. Meditation & Medicinal Marijuana, I feel, if I used them now, it may be an aid to what is wrong with my body. I have no appetite & food makes me feel sick eating it & just thinking about it. Stress is a significant factor & an aversion to food is becoming my mind & body reactions.
All internal systems have been checked out medically & nothing has been found to cause the phenomena my body it taking me through.
Being in a depressed state may also be a factor. For a long time I was mostly feeling manic with intervals where I would fall into a deep depression. I worked my way out of depressions my writing and creating in any way I felt worked. I do this while in both manic & depressed mood.
I feel a great deal of stress & need to de-stress & get more sleep. I often forget to sleep, eat or take my health meds. Bipolar highs and lows can lead one to forget to take proper care and attention to some of the rather important necessities of my life.
Now I am going through an inability to eat properly. I get nauseous when I eat & when I prepare foods, I have extreme panic attacks. Heart pounding, nausea, unable to breath, pain in my chest, feeling like there is no oxygen. In this state I need to sit down several times & lower my head. It is disconcerting & I usually end up not being able to eat whatever I prepare &/or my partner finishes preparing my food. I have such a strong urge to get out of the kitchen. It has developed into a phobia. Short, quick visits are almost bearable. But if I exceed the time limit, I panic. My irritability level rises & things start falling, myself included.
If I reflect on it, my therapist stated, emotions would flare up with memories related to my childhood. Food was a punishment & often it meant spending great lengths of time alone in the middle of the night in the kitchen, with the horrible food I was being made to eat that made me feel nauseous, placed in front of me. I was exhausted & the thought of putting this food in my mouth made me feel sick to my stomach. I wanted to be any place but there. I hated her cooking & I hated what she forced me to eat. Eventually, I would have to find a place to throw it away or I had to swallow it.
Even with this knowledge, the memory is stuck & I don’t last long being in our new kitchen, even though I love how we had it redesigned. I do certain chores but I get exasperated looking for the food & preparing it. But the hardest part is in the eating of anything, anyone prepares. I make something & wrap it up & forget about it. I place it near me, in the living room, where I work writing & creating & spend most of my time. It is the center of my life. It is the only room I feel secure in & safe.
The living room is where I do most everything. I work on ‘the secret keeper.’ It is where I am inspired & connect with my many projects: two screenplays, my poetry, my new novel “Private Writings…,” at the moment, I am about to write Chapter #31 & post it on this blog. It is taken from a memoir I am fictionalizing, which spans a five year period in my life. This time had a profound effect on me, in a metaphysical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual way. It brought my return to the arts, writing, fiction, poetry and the visual arts of digitally expressed abstract art, photography and short film making.
The need in me to express myself creatively in any media is part of my dreams. When I was younger, I felt I had to choose either/or to paint or take photographs, to write or create music. Photography & digital art are the newest forms I am using to express my creativity. I’ve had these mediums in my mind for quite a while. I, also, want to return to the creating of collages. They inspire me immensely. Somewhere deep inside, when I see images, I know there is something magical about certain one. Someday, I will need them. There is a profoundness that awakens within.
All of this has to do with reconnecting with my memories through feelings and thoughts buried within me. There is a strong need to connect with my subconscious. To retrieve visions from the unconscious all that is hidden from conscious awareness. My muse helps me work on my screenplay which relates to experiences that have profoundly touched my life. It is time to exorcise daemons [always time to rid one’s self of daemons]. An almost impossible feat, I want to clearly understand what I feel and think. To make clear decisions about my future. There are many answers I seek. Some for my writing & others regarding my personal life.
I have decisions to make in reference to my writing. In my screenplay, there is an answer revealed to me, but I want to write the story out to see if that really is the intended conclusion. It, actually, would have a profound effect on the future as I see it now & as I see what it could become.
Centering one’s self is important, no matter what one does. I enjoy the collaborations I have with my muse. We work great together. Being relaxed & rested makes it clearer to make the connection. The more energy inside one’s mind, body & spirit, the more easily the tension melts & the more receptive one can be in receiving & giving of creative energies.
When writing, thoughts would travel through my mind but I would just try not to attach myself to any of them. Just let them be free. I would begin to create & let the words almost fall unto the page. And if doing visual arts, let the images express themselves freely. Once what needs to be released is finished for the moment. I let it rest. Return to it later. It gives me time to rest. I move onto something else for as long as I need. When I come back to check what was written, it is with clearer vision, I can see what is there. At that time, I am more able to sense what needs to be done to mold it into something more complete. The clay is before me, I just need to infuse myself into it & make it my own. The same is true for visual images. The creation isn’t complete until you feel your energy within the image.
BENEFITS of MEDICAL MARIJUANA
CONDITIONS & TREATMENT
Complete List of Conditions Treatable With Marijuana
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For further Conditions that Medical Marijuana Treat check the link posted just below this paragraph. This list are conditions I need Medicinal Marijuana to treat. Go to the following link for the list with further conditions that Medical Marijuana Treats. http://medicalmarijuana.com/treatments-with-medical-marijuana-cannabis
The following is the main reason I want to receive Medical Marijuana Treatments.
***Acute Gastritis ***Anorexia ***Arthritis ***Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) ***Back Pain ***Bipolar Disorder ***Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ***Chronic Pain ***Depression ***Diabetes ***GastroEsophgeal Reflux Disease ***Insomnia ***I.B.S. ***Macular Degeneration ***Migraines ***Motion Sickness ***Muscle Spasms ***Nausea ***Nightmares ***Panic Attacks ***Panic Disorder ***Peptic Ulcer ***(Complex) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ***Thoracic Outlet Syndrome ***Sleep Disorders***Bipolar Disorder–Medical Marijuana for Symptom Relief